Last year there was an open casting call in Los Angeles to find the actors who will play the members of the Gangsta rap group NWA. F. Gary Gray who directed movies like Friday, Set It Off, The Negotiator, and the Italian job is slated to direct the epic biopic that Ice Cube describes as being a “dramatic story that encompasses hip-hop, dope-dealing, Reaganomics, AIDS, LAPD, rap feuds, FBI, PMRC, the Parental Advisory stickers on the records… all of it.”
Ice Cube stated in February that he's been trying to push to have his son Oshea Jackson Jr. play him but said he wanted to make sure they went through the process to make sure he would be the right actor for the role. Universal has not yet confirmed if Oshea Jackson Jr. will portray his father in the film but Eazy E's son is also vying for the opportunity to play his father in the movie although it seems another actor will be more likely to play that part.
NWA was one of the first Gansta rap groups out of the west coast to really make it's mark in the music industry. It's members included Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, and Ice Cube. MC Ren joined in 1988 although Arabian Prince left the group later that same year.
Their debut album Straight Outta Compton which was released in 1988-1989 marked the beginning of the new gangsta rap era as the production and social commentary in their lyrics were revolutionary within the genre. Rolling Stone ranked N.W.A number 83 on their list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time." In October 2012, N.W.A were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time. In October 2013 the group was nominated for a second time.
'Straight Outta Compton' was originally going to be a New Line production but was picked up by Universal and is expected to have a budget of less than $25 million.
If you enjoyed this article, SUBSCRIBE, and receive articles delivered straight to your inbox as soon as they are published at no cost to you. Follow me on Twitter @dannettebrooks2.